This high-level roundtable, which took place on May 23, featured Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Kestutis Sadauskas, Director in charge of Circular Economy and Green Growth at DG ENV, as well as representatives of Coca Cola, Ecoalf and Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC. The panelists discussed a variety of topics including the Commission's Plastics Strategy, the ways in which plastic pollution can be tackled, the challenges facing the industry and the role of the consumers in achieving sustainable management of plastic waste.  Below you will find a summary of the debate, prepared by Dods.

Synopsis: The key takeaways from the digitalization session were that in order to overcome the biggest societal concerns, it is crucial that the education system, private sector and stakeholders are prepared to adapt. More investments need to be made to develop both legislation and skill sets of workers.

Synopsis: The trade strategy session examined the difficulties EU trade is facing within the current economic climate. With a nod to difficulties with trade agreements with the US, the EU focused on the need to diversity to decrease the dependency that currently exists on the American market. The EU-Japan agreement was posed as an example of an agreement that has opened up trade in goods and services to create opportunities for both SME’s and large companies. The next step is to look for different partners to continue these kinds of agreements on the global scale. Below you will find a full summary, prepared by Professor Dr. Sven Van Kerckhoven of Vesalius College.

Synopsis: The high-level rountable discussion focused on the challenges that the retail sector has to face in the age of digitization. The key challenges were the development of e-commerce, difficulties with cross-border activities due to legislative differences, the disadvantages faced by SME’s, and the protection, access and transparency of consumers’ data. The panellists agreed that society at large should be encouraged to adopt a forward-looking approach to their career and adapt the skill set needed to meet the digital challenges. Below you will find a full summary, prepared by Professor Dr. Sven Van Kerckhoven of Vesalius College.  

The roundtable on clean transport in Europe, which took place on May 23, featured representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and industry. The panellists debated on the future of fuels such as biofuels and hydrogen, as well as electricity and electric vehicles as means to achieve the targets set for emissions reduction by 2025. Below you will find a summary of the debate, prepared by Dods.

On May 24, the European Business Summit hosted a debate on the topic 'Fake News & why it's threatening your business'. The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations show how, in an increasingly digitised world, data can be exploited and reminds companies of the importance to ensure transparency when it comes to the use of consumer information. The impact of Fake News – and the resulting loss of trust – in the wider economic fabric cannot be overlooked. Moreover, with the entering into force of the GDPR, all actors are called to play their role in tackling the disinformation challenge.   Please find below an overview of the debate, prepared by Dods.

Audience of the European Business Summit's closing plenary listened to a keynote speech by Philip Hammond, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, assessing the profound changes and major challenges that face all of us across Europe. Read the speech here. 

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said at EBS roundtable on new trade opportunities: „ a trade agreement cannot make a country democratic but can contribute towards democratic development”. On US President Trump’s car tariff threat she warned to take it with a pinch of salt, saying “Let’s see where this investigation leads. As far as we can see this is something that would be against WTO rules”.